NORWALK-Top Fuel driver Bruce Litton saw any hopes of surpassing Paul Romine in the championship point standings literally go up in smoke during the 23rd running of the Mopar Parts Nationals at Norwalk Raceway Park. The event is the seventh of...
NORWALK-Top Fuel driver Bruce Litton saw any hopes of surpassing Paul Romine in the championship point standings literally go up in smoke during the 23rd running of the Mopar Parts Nationals at Norwalk Raceway Park. The event is the seventh of 11 events in the 2000 IHRA Summit Drag Racing Series.
Litton or Romine has held the championship points lead for much of the 2000 season. Romine led by 50 points coming into this event.
"I knew I missed out on a golden opportunity," a disappointed Litton explained. "It would have been nice to score a big win with Paul going out early. I guess it just wasn't in the plans for today. We'll be back and we'll get them next time."
Litton out-qualified (#2) fellow Indianapolis resident, Romine (#6), gaining a few more points heading into today's elimination rounds.
First round of competition paired Litton against #7 qualifier and ten-year veteran of IHRA top fuel racing, Wayne Bailey. But, before facing Bailey, Litton had to sit by as Romine faced number three qualifier and worthy opponent Jim Head.
Romine lost traction about 200-feet from the starting line and smoked the tires losing to Head and opening the door for Litton to gain valuable points and possibly the points lead.
The 43-year old trailer manufacturer left the starting line first, but immediately lost traction and was 'up in smoke' handing the victory to Bailey.
Litton and the Wix Filters team will travel to Epping, N.H., for the IHRA Northern Nationals, Sept. 8-10.
The Top Dragster Driving Experience has retained Litton's team to carry out their marketing program with WIX Filters. Top Dragster Driving Experience President Joel Collins feels the triangle marketing partnership between WIX Filters, his company and Litton's team provides a future example for other teams aspiring to run Top Fuel.
Wix Filters stands as one of the World's top filtration companies and was founded in 1939. Wix manufactures quality products for the automotive, heavy-duty, agricultural, industrial, and specialty filter markets, including oil, air, fuel, cabin interior, and hydraulic filters. In addition to the Wix brand, they manufacture filters for major aftermarket companies and some of the largest OEM's. You will find their top quality, high performance filters on everything from passenger cars and light trucks to farm and construction equipment, industrial air cleaners, and Top Fuel dragsters.